To get the most out of your vegetables and fruit, eat local, eat organic and eat in season! Produce should be picked at peak ripeness and eaten soon after as nutrient degradation begins immediately. There are great farmer’s markets in the Denver/Boulder area. Look for an upcoming blog and video about these markets in May. Make a point to visit one in the late spring and throughout the summer months!
One of the first spring vegetables to come into season is asparagus. It is a good source of Vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium and zinc. Asparagus is a very good source of protein, beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, phosphorus, copper, iron, manganese, selenium and chromium –a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells. Wow, look at all those nutrients. It is so much better to get your micronutrients from food than from a supplement! In addition, asparagus is considered a prebiotic – like a fertilizer for the gut to maintain a healthy microbiome.
Here is a yummy asparagus recipe. Bon Appetit!